Ignacio (Nacho) and Casamira Sanchez and their daughters (Christyna, Serena, and Savannah), along with 25 full-time, 16 part-time,and 8 seasonal employees.
616 acres on 14 plots of land in Fresno and Tulare counties, about 200 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
Nacho Sanchez graduated from Fresno State with a B.S. in agriculture. In 1989, he bought a 6-acre orchard with his wife, Casamira, which they farmed in their spare time. By 1993, Nacho had acquired over 150 acres and was farming full time. Nacho and Casamira feel good knowing that workers can pick fruit and customers can enjoy it without worrying about pesticide residues. Any fruit the Sanchezes don’t sell is incorporated back into their soil.
Quality Assurance International (QAI) since June 1999
Crop stubble is used to build the soil.
Furrow and drip irrigation using well-water and irrigation-district water.
Hand hoeing with machete, machine discing, plowing, tilling, and mowing.
Release of beneficials (aphytis and snails) and creating a habitat for beneficials. Use of organic pesticides such as oils, sulfur, and copper for peach leaf curl. Selection of root stock that is resistant to phytophera.
In 1991, Nacho and Casamira’s twin girls were born, inspiring the name Twin Girls Farm. Nacho has named some of his peach varieties after their third daughter, Savannah.
Swanton Berry Farm was the first strawberry farm (and the first organic farm) in the U.S. to sign a contract with the United Farm Workers of America/AFL-CIO. In 2006, the farm began offering an Employee Stock Ownership Plan to employees, the first such program in production in U.S. agriculture.
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »